What I Wore In A Week: The Forgotten Days

I took some days off from blogging, which meant I took a bunch of outfit pictures that never made it on the blog.

I was dragging, then I was exhausted, got some days off from school, worked out, and went home for fall break…so posting WIW went to the wayside.

So without further rambling…I give you the forgotten days:

The day of the BBSA conference was rough and took me back to my pageant days…being in full hair and makeup before the sun is up, spending all day in heels, and coming home to possible nerve damage in your feet.

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I will admittedly say the first day was a serious miss, like when I put the picture on my snapchat I immediately got a text from my mom asking, “What are you wearing?!?” But my favorite hit of the week came courtesy of my new obsession, my super deep burgundy MAC lipstick. I’ll share the color another day, but its an amazing color that I adore. It looked nice with my hair back and down, it just adds the perfect amount of drama.

So if nothing else, learn from me that some days will be hits and others will be serious misses…but you get an A for effort.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Workout Wednesday: TSC Bombshell Body Guide

I adore Lauryn Evarts at the Skinny Confidential.

Girl crush would be an understatement about this lady. She is aspirational, real, and the friend you wish you had.

I’ve been following her blog for some time (coconut milk ice cubes, chia seeds, diva cups…she covers it all), so when she announced that she was creating the bombshell body guides I just had to try it.  If you are wondering, I bought the guides, tried them, and fell in love with them long before I talked to anyone at Skinny Confidential to review them…that’s how much I loved them!

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Beauty Buys: Soko 7 Day Challenge

I make no attempts to hide my love of Korean skincare. In fact, my first official post on this blog was about my love of K-Beauty.

A few weeks ago I was on the Soko Glam site looking for new products and came across the Soko Glam 7 Day Sheet mask challenge. First off, if you don’t know about sheet masks, you and your skin are seriously missing out on some high quality pampering. I love sheet masks because 1) I can wear my glasses while using them, 2) my skin always looks better after using them…INSTANTLY!

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What I Wore In A Week…on the wrong day

First off, pardon WIW coming to you on a Monday…I had finals and midterms all last week and the idea of blogging and posting seemed painful to deal with.

So you are getting this post several days late, but at least you are getting it…so let’s get some clothes…

You can tell these outfits where during finals and review sessions…because everything is varying degrees of comfort. My rule when dealing with review weeks and tests is if I can’t comfortable cross my legs and sit on the floor in it, than I will spend my whole test/review fidgeting with what I have on.

The flannel/camo combo was inspired by a suggestion I got on my Stitch Fix account. By the way Stitch Fix is amazing (that’s where I got my awesome new jeans from!), and no they aren’t paying me to tell you that they’re amazing.  If you want to check the site out, follow this link. That same day I had to take the club photo for the Black Business Students Association.  I wore a gorgeous David Meister dress and Jimmy Choo heels, however I wasn’t feeling particularly girly lugging my backpack while wearing it, so I changed out of it in under 30 seconds and never took a picture (maybe I’ll do a post of all the outfits I’ve worn and never talked about).

Hopefully something on here inspired you to add a little umph to your super casual wear…or maybe buy a beenie for bad hair days (they’re a lifesaver for bad hair days if you have a giant head).

XOXO,

MacKenzie

What I Wore In A Week, A Trip To the Fun Home and the Breakfast At Estee Lauder

This week there are only 4 outfits because I was so excited to head home that I didn’t stop to take a photo of what I was wearing…but I’ll eventually restyle to outfit and post it. But moving forward, since we don’t have class on Fridays, you probably won’t be seeing 5 outfits anymore (because I go heavily athleisure on my off days).

I won’t lie to you, I was white knuckling to the end of the week, so I relied heavily on trying to make myself feel up to conquer the day by putting a wee bit more effort into my look. Also, I was lucky to have some fun moments this week to take my mind off of all the stress.

This was a heavy high/low mixing week. I felt a little like I needed to approach my clothes like costumes this particular week. I went to Fun Home Grandpa Chic in my plaid pants and sweater, since I knew the play was set in a funeral home. Also I had the opportunity to attend a sports/technology event, and since I refuse to wear a suit, the second outfit with the leather jacket was my take on a suit. I’m always pushing the boundaries of work wear and what is appropriate, I’m a habitual line stepper when it comes to appropriate attire.

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If you are a broadway nerd like me I would recommend Fun Home because they are doing some interesting things in that play with staging, visuals, and music. I wasn’t in love with the entire experience, but I thought the unique ideas they tried were really fascinating.  Its innovative and interesting, and I would say you should see it if you can.

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I’ll talk more about the Estee Lauder breakfast in a future post about recruiting and informationals, so hang tight on that.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Work It Out Wednesday: The Name Game

With the stress of school, my number one addiction is the post workout endorphin rush.

I’m pretty sure if I didn’t sweat it out for at least 10 minutes every day I would go crazy.

I love new fit challenges, and one challenge I’m embarking on come Monday October 12th is the Amanda Bisk Fresh Body Fit Mind 12 Week Challenge. I’m mainly telling you all this so everyone can hold me accountable to completing the full 12 weeks.  But also because I’m headed to LA in January for a big job trek, and we all know what Dion Sanders said about feeling good. (You Look Good You Feel Good, You Feel Good You Play Good, You Play Good They Pay Good!)

In the mean time leading up to Monday I’ve been all over Amanda’s insta feed to find workouts to ease me into the sweet torture I know is starting soon. One awesome workout I found on her page was this Name Workout.IMG_1058

So my full name has lots of Ms and Ns in it…I’ve never been more mad at my parents until I was doing 40 full burpees back to back.

I wanted to share it here, so you can tackle your first name, middle, last, married, and sweat it out while celebrating yourself! Come on, who doesn’t love a workout based YOU!!!

If you’d like to follow my #FBFM journey or join in the fun, I’m going to chronicle it all on my instagram.

I’d love you hear how you are sweating it out this Wednesday.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Egg Sluttiness and Paleo Bowls

Some how Wednesdays have become my recipe days…or I eat a lot and this is an excuse to share my eating habit with others.

I fell in love with eggs about a year ago.  And I don’t mean rubbery scrambled eggs, I mean poached eggs with a runny yolk, soft scrambled eggs that taste like melted cheese (without the cheese), soft boiled eggs…I’m what some would call an egg slut.

I also love good wholesome food.  Now don’t get me wrong I go H.A.M. on some doughnuts and fried chicken (shoutout to Astros Doughnuts in DC), but I also love simple delicious food.

Meet my favorite breakfast of all time…

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Now this isn’t a recipe kind of post, it’s a put stuff in a bowl and enjoy kind of post!

2 super soft scrambled eggs (p.s. I believe in making my eggs in either “real” kerrigold butter or coconut oil, with yolks…got to have those good fats, but just 0.5-1 tbsp)

2oz of smoked salmon

1/4 avocado

2 cups mixed greens (or more, no one will fault you for wanting more veggies)

Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Simple, right? You can layer everything on top of the mixed greens like I did, or you can throw it all together and enjoy.  I love the briny taste of the smoked salmon with the creaminess of the egg and avocado.  If I really want to go to flavor town (DDD is my jam), then use arugula instead of mixed greens and you get that yummy peppery bite. And if I really want to go nuts I put a few oil packed sundried tomatoes on top.

I have been known when I’m feeling culinarily uncreative to make this meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This yummy bowl is paleo friendly, gluten free, dairy free, full of healthy fats, and tastes like heaven.

It’s also good for those times when you are trying to go low carb and you feel like you are moments from devouring your entire kitchen, or biting off the next person’s head who asks you why you’re so crabby…not like I’ve been there before or anything.

Hope you enjoy this bowl of yumminess as much as I do!

XOXO,

MacKenzie

What To Write About When You Have Nothing To Say, or How To Set a Content Calendar

Some times when I sit down to write I know exactly what I’m going to say…other times like now I don’t.

Between trying to keep my writing straight for the Bottom Line (CBS’s blog), my own blog, and my speech writing, my head is a jumble of words and source notes.

When I find myself in that kind of quandary I turn to my blogging calendar.  Yes, my blogging calendar.  I try to sit down at the start of the week (usually Sunday while I’m meal prepping), and figure out what the blog posts will be for the week.  Sometimes they’re really strong and interesting, or I have a great event coming up that I can talk about.  Other times, like now, it’s a boring post just updating you on how I keep my day straight.

A classmate of mine asked me once, what’s the hardest thing about blogging? My answer was simple, content.  Coming up with interesting pieces that readers want to learn more about, or a post they’ll connect with.  What I Wore In A Week comes from the fact that I post what I wear every day on Snapchat, mainly so I can get feedback from the more stylish members of my friend circle.  I learned long ago from my pageant coach, a camera is more helpful than a mirror.  I never thought anyone would enjoy or want to see how I put my clothes together, but surprise surprise they do.  The same goes for the healthy recipe remixes, I love cooking and eating, so I figured someone else out there does also. But coming up with a content schedule helps me figure out when I need photos, what I need to gather, and all the other stuff that goes along with it.

Also, with how hectic my schedule is I need a content calendar, or else I’m sitting on the second floor of Uris pulling a blog post out of thin air (which I may or may not be doing).

Really what this post is about, is thinking through the brand and content of your blog, giving yourself a schedule, and sticking to it.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

P.s. If there are any stories, topics, or ideas you have that you don’t see here feel free to leave a comment!

What I Wore In A Week and a midterm

Midterms…the bain of my existence and a reality right now.

Last week (honestly I don’t know what week it is now), I had two midterms (managerial statistics and corporate strategy), and I did my best not to fall in to the sweatpants, ponytail, vortex of stress.

I know that when I’m most tired and down, I have to try and fix myself up and get dressed up.  Because in the words of Dion Sanders, “when you look good you feel good, when you feel good you play good, and when you play good, they pay good,” or in my case grade good.

So here’s to trying to keep it classy when you just want to lay down.

I also had the joyous fashion challenge of dealing with bloating, cramps and all the other fun of my monthly visitor.  I kid you not, dressing for stress and PMS is no fun! But I think I did a decent job, and it helped me not feel like a ball of frazzled emotions or a Cathy cartoon rolling around school.

I challenge you, when you aren’t feel your greatest, make a little extra effort, you’ll surprise yourself with how much better you’ll feel, when you look in the mirror and don’t see a reflection of how you feel staring back.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Ice Cream, Nice Cream

I love ice cream, and honestly who doesn’t…and if you say you don’t, I know you are lying.

When I was younger I discovered Hagen Daaz on a family vacation to Mexico, and legit ate it every day, for almost every meal (man I miss my 8 year old metabolism).

Fast forward to my adult life, and I have yet to find a flavor of Steve’s Ice Cream I don’t like. I fully endorse everything in moderation, including moderation. But even I know if I want to fit into my skinnies, I can’t have it every day. So thank goodness for Nice Cream!

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Nice Cream is a cleaner alternative to my favorite treat. Honestly, it’s bananas blended with some of my favorite healthy mix-ins. It satisfies my sweet tooth, I don’t feel guilty, bloated, and stuffed with added sugar.

Here’s how simple it is:

1 banana

1 tbsp chia seeds (I love adding tons of fiber where ever I can)

2 tbsp almond butter (preferably raw, cause it’s amazing)

…and that’s it, maybe a splash of almond milk. But you blend all of that, or toss it in the food processor.  And if you want more, double it, share it, do whatever. It’s vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and makes your taste buds so happy. Switch it up however, use cashew butter, peanut butter, carob chips, goji berries…play with your food and find what makes you happy and satisfied…maybe even add a tablespoon of protein powder.

Clean eating takes an adventurous spirit, finding out how to enjoy what you like in a way that you can enjoy it, and that your body will thank you.

Hope you like this nice cream as much as I do.

XOXO,

MacKenzie